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Novelist C.S. Lewis described the future as “something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” Pardon us for feeling as though the automobile’s evolution is occurring even quicker, from another forthcoming crop of intriguing production cars to rapidly shifting attitudes about how to address inner-city transportation and how to restore collectible classic cars. There’s no turning back.

Aston Martin Vantage

Aston Martin Vantage

What we know 
This will be one of the first Aston Martins to make use of a Mercedes-Benz engine, a benefit of the partnership between the two companies. Mercedes-AMG will build a “bespoke V-8” for the British sports car, almost certainly a version of its 4.0-liter twin-turbo mill. The Vantage should look similar to the DB10 that Aston Martin created for the James Bond film “Spectre,” with an aluminum-intensive body and liberal use of carbon fiber to help keep weight down. Its interior will be far more fashionable than the current car’s, and purists will appreciate that Aston is planning to offer an optional manual transmission alongside the dual-clutch automatic most buyers will opt for.

Why it matters
Aston Martin might have an amazing lineup of fantastic, sporty cars, but it needs a true sports car. And though today’s Vantage is fun, it doesn’t quite fill that hole. The next one will. And while purists might momentarily whine about the AMG-sourced engine, they’ll stop when they see the performance figures that come from using a “hot V” turbocharged V-8 from one of the world’s best engine builders.

Where it could go wrong
Aston Martin is well aware that it can’t step on the character of its cars, but how well will that work when it starts using Benz bits? For example, the sound of an Aston Martin is crucial to the driving experience; will the Vantage sound any more special than, say, a Mercedes-AMG GT S? We’ll see.

When to expect it
By 2020

Aston Martin DBX

Aston Martin DBX

What we know
The DBX breaks tradition to become the brand’s first SUV (ahem, high-riding vehicle) as well as the first Aston to use all-wheel drive. You’ll likely be able to choose between a twin-turbo V-8, a V-12 of sorts, or an all-electric drivetrain that uses lithium-sulfur battery cells to power four electric motors. Rumors suggest the EV model will have 800 hp and a range of about 200 miles. The whole DBX lineup will have classic, handsome Aston proportions propped up by a lifted suspension and big wheels. Expect four doors, not two like you see here, and the DBX’s swoopy body should wrap around a seriously swanky interior with seating for four and a lot more space than, say, the Rapide sedan.

Why it matters
Heretical as an Aston Martin SUV might seem, Porsche’s business model of paying for traditional fan favorites with high-profit crossovers, such as the Cayenne and Macan, is proven. Aston Martin has been bankrupt seven times in its 103-year history, and CEO Andy Palmer is committed to making sure that stops. The DBX should help. Although adding electric powertrains to the mix might seem a bit risky, it’s necessary if Aston wants to meet emissions targets and still offer its trademark V-12 engines.

Where it could go wrong
Fiddling with the tradition of a storied brand such as Aston Martin is tricky. A crossover will certainly bring about a new, younger, and more diverse customer base, but might Aston also distance itself from its established clients? Aston would be wise to stay close to its core values of exclusivity, sophisticated English luxury, and thrilling performance.

When to expect it
By 2018

Audi R6

Audi R6

What we know
The gap between TT and R8 remains wide open. Audi has repeatedly said that an entry-level V-8-powered R8 isn’t in the cards, so management instead is reportedly considering a new and relatively affordable mid-engine sports car earmarked for 2021. It would use the same building blocks as the next-generation Porsche Cayman and be powered by an all-new, all-aluminum 2.5-liter inline-five that could be bookended by a more basic inline-four and a bigger V-6. Power would range between 250 hp and 350 hp, and all-wheel drive would be optional. If the R6 does indeed come to fruition, a no-frills, 400-hp R6 Plus model with a manual transmission could follow a few years later.

Why it matters
Before twinning today’s R8 with the Lamborghini Huracán, Audi thought about replacing the R8 with a mid-engine 911 fighter powered by a tri-turbo five-cylinder engine good for 500 hp. Previous Audi R&D head Ulrich Hackenberg and Porsche R&D head Wolfgang Hatz weren’t very friendly at the time, which was part of the reason why that didn’t happen. But current leadership in Ingolstadt and Zuffenhausen are much chummier and in favor of extensive cooperation.

Where it could go wrong
As much as enthusiasts the world over would welcome a car like the R6, sports car sales are on the decline. VW Group’s ongoing financial trauma could also mean that funds currently allocated toward brand-shaping niche models might have to be diverted to produce more low-emission, bread-and-butter cars. Audi has postponed all additional projects by one year to evaluate its options, and the R6 could end up a cost-cutting casualty.

When to expect it
By 2021

Bentley Anaga

Bentley Anaga

What we know
Bentley doesn’t want just one crossover when it thinks it can sell two. While the Bentayga is a high-end, spacious, range-topping model (with a Speed variant reportedly on the way), there’s room for a so-called Baby Bentayga below it. To be built on Volkswagen Group’s MSB modular platform that will be used for the next-gen Audi Q5, the car we’re calling Anaga will be to the big Bentayga what the Porsche Macan is to the Cayenne. Unlike the Bentayga, the smaller model would not be able to fit (or justify) a 12-cylinder engine, so expect turbocharged six- or eight-cylinder engines underhood. As far as design, look for the familiar Bentley face seen on everything from the Continental GT to the Bentayga but squeezed onto a smaller body.

Why it matters
While the big Bentayga is the brand’s pinnacle model, its exorbitant price tag is so far out of reach that it won’t bring in many new customers. A smaller, more affordable Bentley crossover would presumably boost sales further and help fund the rest of the company’s lineup in the process.

Where it could go wrong
Bentley officials have sent mixed messages about whether they want to launch a smaller crossover, and doing so could cheapen or water down the brand’s cachet. Plus, a Baby Bentayga would face stiff competition from all sides: Audi Q5 and Porsche Macan internally, plus newcomers such as Jaguar’s F-Pace.

When to expect it
By 2020

BMW 9 Series

BMW 9 Series

What we know
The 9 Series will be BMW’s answer to the Mercedes-Maybach S600. With a starting price of $170,000, BMW’s halo car should have styling not far from the Vision Future Luxury Concept shown here. Based off a stretched version of the new 7 Series chassis, the 9 Series will use a lot of carbon fiber to reduce weight. The sedan will likely be available with a twin-turbocharged V-8, a V-12 from Rolls-Royce tuned to BMW’s specs, and an all-new hybrid powertrain that pairs electric motors with a turbocharged inline-six.

Why it matters
BMWs of late have felt less and less special, but maybe the 9 Series will turn things around. Actually, it doesn’t have much choice in the matter; it needs to be engaging and unique to compete with the S-Class. It’s expected to be a high-tech tour de force with serious semi-autonomous capabilities and a lavishly appointed interior.

Where it could go wrong
For BMW to be successful with this one, it will have to compete head to head with the uber-luxurious S600 and also on some level with the Rolls-Royce Phantom replacement with which it will share some components. The 9 Series will also need to look and feel like a fully fledged flagship, which BMW hasn’t had for some time now. If BMW can’t create something truly special, it will fail.

When to expect it
Beginning of 2020.

Bugatti Chiron Grand Sport

Bugatti Chiron Grand Sport

What we know
We expect the Chiron’s life cycle to mirror the Veyron’s, which means more impressive and powerful variants are coming, such as a convertible Chiron Grand Sport. While the Chiron’s base performance is staggering, there is definitely room to grow. Its 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W-16 engine will likely jump from 1,500 hp to an astounding 1,700 hp or more when bolted into the stripped-down Chiron Super Sport, a car that will likely breach the 275-mph mark. An open-air Grand Sport Vitesse should follow soon after.

Why it matters
The Veyron reset the collective consciousness of what we considered to be “high performance,” and the Chiron continues to carry the 250-mph torch for the brand. Not only can Bugatti achieve such mind-boggling performance, it does so with oversight from a company as large and diverse as Volkswagen Group.

Where it could go wrong
VW’s diesel scandal will rear its soot-covered head, and though we don’t yet know its full financial implications, expect cost-cutting to affect niche products such as this. If VW Group deems the program fun but frivolous, the Chiron line might end at the standard model.

When to expect it
The Chiron Grand Sport should arrive around 2019, with the Super Sport and Grand Sport Vitesse following in 2020 and 2021, respectively.

Cadillac XT7

Cadillac XT7

What we know
General Motors has a new Chi platform for its medium and large crossovers: The Cadillac XT5 is on the smaller Chi, with the new XT7 on the stretched, larger Chi. The three-row XT7 will come with Escalade-like levels of luxury and bling on a more comfortable unibody platform and in a size more manageable for urban parking garages. It will look a lot like a longer version of the XT5. Expect front-wheel drive, optional all-wheel drive, and a selection of six-cylinder engines, including Cadillac’s signature twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6.

Why it matters
Cadillac’s SUV lineup is much smaller than those of BMW and Mercedes-Benz, relying only on Escalade and the XT5, which replaced the recently deceased SRX. Large premium crossovers are fast-selling moneymakers, and Cadillac will finally be able to catch up and keep sales from going to other luxury brands as the crossover market gets hotter and hotter.
Where it could go wrong
The usual problems when a key product such as this shares its platform with seven or eight other models, all priced and positioned lower than the XT7. And just as timing is everything in comedy, so too is it in new auto models. Will the economy keep improving over the next two years? Will the luxury market keep growing? What happens if oil prices climb again?

When to expect it
By the end of 2017

Ford Bronco

Ford Bronco

What we know
Ford has confirmed it will build two new vehicles at the Michigan factory where the Focus and C-Max are assembled. Sources say one is almost guaranteed to be the Ranger, Ford’s midsize pickup truck that’s already on sale overseas. A second vehicle will join the plant in 2020, and a modern-day Bronco makes a lot of sense as that vehicle. It would essentially be Ford’s version of the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, built off the Ranger platform, underpinned by a tough suspension, and sporting a boxy, retro look. Think of it as the pickup truck for people who don’t actually need an open cargo bed but want the ground clearance and towing ability a more capable, body-on-frame SUV would provide.

Why it matters
The Bronco would give Ford a credible competitor to the beloved Jeep Wrangler. Although it’s unclear whether the Bronco’s chops could really match those of the Jeep, a hardcore variant along the lines of the F-150 Raptor could be developed to help boost its go-anywhere appeal and highlight its roots in off-road racing.

Where it could go wrong
Is there a business case for launching what would likely be a low-volume SUV when Ford already sells hundreds of thousands of pedestrian crossovers here? In addition, if gas prices suddenly spike, the market for vehicles like a Bronco could dry up. Ford has long expressed skepticism about selling pickups smaller than the F-150 in the U.S., despite its decision to reboot the Ranger. Trying to push through another body-on-frame offering below the F-150 won’t be easy.

When to expect it
No sooner than 2020 about two years after Ranger production would begin in the U.S.

Kia Stinger coupe

Kia Stinger coupe

What we know
The Kia GT4 Stinger concept shown in 2014 had a rear-wheel-drive platform, an aggressive design, a six-speed manual transmission, and a 315-hp turbocharged engine. We haven’t seen much since, but we’re sure the Stinger is coming. The automaker has already trademarked the Stinger name in the U.S.; GT4 is off the table due to an existing trademark. The production model will probably use a turbo-four engine putting out 250 to 300 hp, and its rear-wheel-drive platform would be borrowed from parent company Hyundai. A four-door Stinger sport sedan will hopefully precede a two-door sports car.

Why it matters
First, Kia can’t let corporate sibling Genesis have all the fun with its planned BMW 3 Series-rivaling sport sedan. Second, a purebred, two-door sports car would help bolster Kia’s fun character, complementing its existing SX Turbo models. Finally, offering a sports car would have a halo effect on the rest of the Kia lineup, hopefully persuading more buyers to consider the brand.

Where it could go wrong
Suspension tuning has not historically been one of Kia’s strong points, though the company has made big strides in past years and hired a former BMW engineer to help dial in new models. It’s going to be tough to get executives to continue to support a costly rear-wheel-drive platform for a small-batch sports car.

When to expect it
In the next year.

Jeep Comanche

Jeep Comanche

What we know
The Jeep pickup is coming back. Good thing, too, seeing how it perfectly encapsulates the brand’s “go anywhere, do anything” attitude. Underpinnings will come from the soon-to-debut all-new Wrangler. Like the Wrangler, the Comanche will swap steel bodywork for lighter aluminum panels and be powered by a V-6 engine that will bolt to either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic.

Why it matters
It’s the first production Jeep pickup in a quarter century; fans have been clamoring for a reboot since the Comanche went away in the early ’90s. Jeep has become one of the most thriving brands in the FCA family, and the all-new Comanche definitely has the potential to become another best-seller overnight.

Where it could go wrong
It’s a Jeep, and it’s a pickup truck—seems like a recipe for success. Jeep has dominated in sales, and enthusiasts haven’t shut up about the truck since the company announced it would be built. But will they open their wallets when it finally arrives?

When to expect it
In 2020.

Genesis G60

Genesis G60

What we know
The first luxury sports coupe from Hyundai’s Genesis sub-brand will be a two-door version of the eventual G70 sedan, likely dubbed G60. Expect a graceful silhouette as well as a sporty, driver-centric cabin with a focus on innovative infotainment technology. Both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive will be available, as will two engines: a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with about 240 hp and a 3.8-liter V-6 making just north of 300 hp, both bolted to eight-speed automatic transmissions. A hybrid and a performance model with a twin-turbo V-6 are expected as well.
Why it matters
To legitimize its newly minted Genesis brand, Hyundai must compete against the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Key design talents Peter Schreyer and Luc Donckerwolke, both poached from German companies, give Genesis a fighting chance, as do rear-wheel-drive platforms that won’t be shared with Hyundai’s mainstream fleet. Genesis just might have what it takes.

Where it could go wrong
Great build quality, plentiful tech, and great warranties only go so far. People have a hard time paying premium prices for cars from commodity brands such as Hyundai. Genesis prices need to undercut German rivals to get on shopping lists, but its cars can’t be billed as anything but legitimate luxury. Maintaining a healthy distance from its humble Hyundai roots is essential.

When to expect it
In 2017

Dodge Barracuda

Dodge Barracuda

What we know
When the third-generation Plymouth Barracuda debuted for the 1970 model year, it shared its platform with the then-new-to-the-market Dodge Challenger. But the ’Cuda—available as a coupe as well as a convertible—was shorter and lighter than the Challenger and had its own distinct styling. The song remains much the same for the all-new, modern-era Barracuda, now a convertible-only model wearing a Dodge badge. Though it will share much of its components and powertrains with the all-new Challenger, including the platform plucked from the Alfa Romeo Giulia, it will be shorter and wear its own sheetmetal.

Why it matters
Building more cars on the Alfa Romeo Guilia platform means variety at a relatively low cost and allows niche products like the ’Cuda to actually come to life. One more model on the new Alfa platform is good for enthusiasts, for Alfa, and for FCA, and it means Dodge can take the ponycar fight directly to Chevy and Ford.

Where it could go wrong
FCA’s product plans have been fluid as of late, with CEO Sergio Marchionne aggressively seeking a bigger, healthier automaker to be FCA’s partner. Even if he succeeds, the new partner will direct its attention toward Jeep and Ram, not Dodge, and the two-model ponycar plan might become the one-model plan to save money.

When to expect it
Model year 2019

Dodge Challenger

Dodge Challenger

What we know
Even when the new-age Challenger launched eight years ago, it was a larger, less exciting car than its Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang foils. Both of those cars were overhauled recently, but the Challenger has yet to receive a major update. That will change with the smaller, lighter, all-new Challenger, which will share a rear-wheel-drive platform with the Alfa Romeo Giulia and continue to offer V-6 and Hemi V-8 options. And, yes, we expect to see a supercharged Hellcat model putting out at least 750 hp.

Why it matters
Dodge is trying to play up its muscle-car image by further developing models such as the Challenger, the Charger, and the coming Barracuda. The plan is for Dodge to be the all-American, value-priced alternative to Alfa Romeo, which is targeting BMW. The Alfa-Dodge relationship is key to the future of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and the Challenger is its poster car. A nimbler, better-handling model should compete well with its Camaro and Mustang ponycar rivals.

Where it could go wrong
FCA has delayed the launch of the Alfa Giulia, and while Marchionne says the issues are related to the model itself and not its platform, we wonder whether the new Challenger will be delayed as well. Also potentially affecting the Challenger’s future are the looming 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards. With Jeep and Ram accounting for some 62 percent of FCA’s U.S. sales, Marchionne might have some hard product decisions ahead.

When to expect it
Model year 2019

Lexus LC F

Lexus LC F

What we know
Lexus has promised nothing wearing the F badge will have an engine smaller than a V-8, so look for the same naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8 from the LC 500 tuned toward the 500-hp mark. If the LC 500’s 10-speed automatic proves to be better for smoothness than performance, Lexus will probably swap in an eight-speed automatic. Expect a torque-vectoring system, beefed-up brakes, lightweight wheels, more aggressive aerodynamics, a rear diffuser, and quad exhaust outlets.

Why it matters
While the beautiful LC 500 and innovative LC 500h hybrid help flesh out the Lexus lineup, the F stable needs a halo car that’s more impressive than the RC F. It will get just that with the LC F, a desirable car with the design, cachet, and price to bring the performance nameplate to the next level.

Where it could go wrong
The LC 500 and its platform are tuned for luxury-car duties, meaning an LC F might be more of a symbolic gesture than an actual foray into competitive performance. It’s also not clear if there are still enough buyers willing to shell out $100,000-plus for a Lexus that doesn’t totally fall in line with the brand’s hallmarks.

When to expect it
Not before 2019

Lotus Exalt

Lotus Exalt

What we know
Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales is convinced the automaker can build a lightweight, sporty CUV without shaming its name. It’s a departure from the brand’s ethos, but we thought the same thing when Porsche’s Cayenne launched more than a decade ago—and now it’s Porsche’s best-seller. Four lightweight Evora seats (claimed by Lotus to save 44 pounds over typical SUV seats), an aluminum chassis, and composite body panels will offset its curb weight, and the supercharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine from the Evora 400 would be a great fit here. The car we’re calling Exalt will be built with the brand’s Chinese partner, Goldstar Heavy Industrial, and will be sold in China before making its way here.

Why it matters
Lotus isn’t exactly a healthy brand, but that isn’t stopping it from aiming high, with a goal of selling 10,000 vehicles worldwide by decade’s end. That’s a lot of niche two-door sports cars to move. A more practical vehicle that could help Lotus turn the tide on the sales side would put much-needed funds in the coffer to build more of the feather-light sports cars we love.

Where it could go wrong
Just because Lotus believes people will buy a low-volume, lightweight crossover with a Lotus badge doesn’t make it true. Add to that the cash and development time needed to build such a vehicle—and the broken promises of the brand’s previous concepts—and you realize you shouldn’t start holding your breath anytime soon.

When to expect it
Production could start in 2019

Mazda RX 9

Mazda RX-9

What we know
Rotary fans and sports car lovers alike have been waiting for the RX-7’s return since the U.S.-spec car went away in 1995. The RX-Vision concept shown at the 2015 Tokyo auto show gives the faithful new hope. Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai says a production RX sports car could be based on the Miata’s platform, claiming the roadster’s chassis is “close to perfection” for such a task. Engineers would lengthen and stiffen the chassis to better cope with the higher horsepower a turbocharged rotary engine would provide—about 400 hp. Expect significantly lower curb weight and cost than the standard F-Type, 911, or Corvette.

Why it matters
Mazda is a brand that builds sporty cars for those who still care about the driving experience. The rotary engine plays large in the automaker’s legend, and although the RX-8 tried its best to succeed the RX-7, its frumpy styling made the rotary’s key shortcomings (poor low-end torque, worse fuel economy) even tougher to swallow. The return of a true RX-7 as an affordable halo car would give inspiration to Mazda’s entire lineup and solidify the brand’s position as a maker of enthusiast cars.

Where it could go wrong
The RX-7 might have been fast, but it wasn’t cheap; the last-gen RX-7 was more expensive than a base Corvette. Bring the new car in at too high a price point, and Mazda risks alienating its core market. At the same time, Mazda must prove that it’s capable of producing a top-tier sports car that can take on the best in the business, and do it with a new, more efficient rotary engine that has enough power to compete.

When to expect it
2020, we hope.

Mercedes Benz A Class

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

What we know
The youth-oriented CLA-Class hasn’t done as well as the C- or E-Class, whereas the competitive Audi A3 is one of Audi’s best-selling cars. So Benz will add an all-new A-Class sedan to its North American lineup, with the CLA presumably living on alongside it. The A-Class will be a more spacious, more upright, front- or all-wheel-drive sedan in the A3’s mold. Picture it as a smaller C-Class, aping the styling cues of the car you see here. We expect a base 2.0-liter turbo-four engine with 208 hp as well as a 375-hp AMG version.

Why it matters
Entry-level luxury models are designed to snare upwardly mobile first-timers to the brand in an effort to make lifelong customers out of them. When the Audi A3 launched, it highlighted the CLA’s lack of rear-seat space, an important consideration for the younger set who likes to have room for friends or a small family. The A-Class will be designed to remedy that issue.

Where it could go wrong
Mercedes needs to make entry luxury buyers believe that the gap between the A- and C-Class is small and that they’re getting more than just a three-pointed star for their $35,000-plus. If Benz can’t pull that off, then the A-Class probably won’t make it.

When to expect it
2018.

Mercedes Benz X Class

Mercedes-Benz X-Class

What we know
Mercedes-Benz’s X-Class is a rugged luxury pickup that’s been on the company’s back burner for years but is finally moving forward. Using Nissan’s Navara pickup architecture, the Mercedes truck will be available in many trims, ranging from a base tradesman edition without the brand’s signature comforts to more luxurious models. In addition to traditional diesel engines, the X-Class will also have both four-cylinder and six-cylinder gasoline engines, along with a hybrid electric powertrain that will come later in the truck’s product cycle. The styling of the X-Class will parallel the rest of the company’s lineup of crossovers and should be quite handsome.

Why it matters
Midsize pickup trucks are the world’s workhorses. Forget what Ford, Ram, and GM have spouted for years; smaller, lighter duty trucks are big business and make up much of global truck sales. Mercedes-Benz adding a light-duty truck to its portfolio is the first foray into the company’s technical partnership with Nissan. If the X-Class proves fruitful, it could further the relationship.

Where it could go wrong
According to Mercedes’ vans chief Volker Mornhinweg, “The big three (Ford, GM, Ram) already own about 90 percent of this market. It’s a cutthroat environment; newcomers like us would invariably fight an arduous uphill battle.”

When to expect it
Sometime next year.

Mercedes Benz G Class

Mercedes-Benz G-Class

What we know
The Geländewagen has just been freshened for 2016, but look for massive changes to follow in the near future. The truck’s extremely heavy underpinnings will give way to ones composed of lightweight aluminum, shedding more than 800 pounds in the process. The rig will get an even more civilian-minded interior, and its front live axle will evolve into an independent one. Don’t worry: The G-Class will still be a monster over rough terrain, as it’s expected to maintain its three locking differentials. Powertrains will stay the same—4.0-liter and 5.5-liter turbocharged V-8s (we’re betting the 6.0-liter V-12 won’t survive)—with an expected 20 percent increase in fuel efficiency. A plug-in hybrid G-Class could also be in the works.

Why it matters
This will be the first major update to the truck in 10 years. The G-Class is a landmark vehicle from one of the best names in the business, and it is heartening to see support for such a historic model. This update will hopefully bring a healthy dose of manners to an otherwise unruly car; the weight loss and the interior refinements will go a long way.

Where it could go wrong
Sales have been strong, but the market for an inefficient, brutish, slab-sided SUV might wane before Mercedes has a chance to really transform the G-Class. And if dwindling demand doesn’t spell doom, Benz’s recent push toward efficiency and electrification might.

When to expect it
by 2019

Porsche 929

Porsche 929

What we know
People have wanted an up-market, front-engine Porsche grand tourer for a while, but the automaker couldn’t make a fiscal case for it. That’s why the 928 died off. But now that Porsche’s synergies with sister brands Bentley and Lamborghini are blossoming, a new GT might make sense. Bentley will use the platform from Porsche’s 2017 Panamera for a new coupe it is building, and it will in turn let Porsche dive into the same gene pool. The 929 would launch as a coupe with a convertible variant to follow.

Why it matters
Porsche needs to expand its hybrid and electric efforts to steer through upcoming emission chicanes without picking up too many penalty points. Since its sports cars must remain light and agile, we should see an intriguing mix of hybrid and plug-in powertrains for the 929. Total scalability will be required to respond to improved batteries, e-motors, and performance electronics.

Where it could go wrong
The 929 is not a must-have for Porsche. In a crunch, proper cash cows, such as a baby Macan or a Cayenne coupe, would probably take priority over a front-engine coupe. And though the coming all-electric Mission E sedan will be Porsche’s green flagship, the brand might decide it needs a higher-volume EV more urgently.

When to expect it
2020 if it happens.

Mini Roomba

Mini Roomba

What we know
Mini should be the epitome of small, stylish, and sporty runabouts, but its cars keep growing in size and price. The Roomba would be the brand’s largest offering by far, large enough to revive the long-forgotten Maxi nameplate. Benefits include superior space utilization, enhanced practicality, and the ability to accommodate enough batteries for a plug-in hybrid derivative. There is talk of making Roomba one of five so-called Mini “superheroes,” but the MPV faces strong in-house rival proposals, such as a cute sedan and a striking crossover.

Why it matters
Roomba could make it clear that Mini is prioritizing pragmatism over emotion. It would help parent company BMW cut costs by sharing key elements with its products while being emphatically Mini in appearance and appeal. Maybe, just maybe, a big car is what Mini needs.

Where it could go wrong
An MPV might be the wrong signal to send to its young non-conformist clientele, a brand-compatible minivan might not be possible, and the budget devoted to Roomba might tread on or cancel other, more innovative vehicle programs. Not to mention trademark issues.

When to expect it
Probably not before 2021

Nissan Z

Nissan Z

What we know
Although there is still no clear answer whether there will be another version of the Nissan Z, it’s crazy to think given its heritage that Nissan will ditch the only true sports car left in its lineup save the high-priced, low-volume GT-R. Given the ties between the 350Z and Infiniti G35 (and later the 370Z and G37), the logical path for a future Z car would be to use the bones of the new Q60 coupe as its base. There is also sentiment within the Nissan ranks to develop a smaller, purer Z along the lines of its well-received, rear-drive IDx concepts, but that would probably require a costly, bespoke platform. Not likely.

Why it matters
Aside from the GT-R, Nissan sells a lot of solid but staid cars. The 370Z is the exception in that it appeals to enthusiasts, and despite waning sales of late, it draws on a long heritage of Nissan and Datsun sport coupes. With the recent resurgence of affordable, rear-wheel-drive models, including the Subaru BRZ and Mazda MX-5 Miata, we’d love to see Nissan launch a fresh competitor in the segment.

Where it could go wrong
Top Nissan execs have waffled on whether they want to renew the Z, and they know there’s far more money to be made building crossovers than a lower-volume sports coupe. Developing a unique sports car is expensive as well (just ask Subaru and Toyota, which had to share costs to bring the BRZ/86 to life), and given Nissan’s dreams of growing global sales and market share, the Z’s future is very much in flux.

When to expect it
No sooner than 2018 if at all

Toyota 86 Subaru BRZ

Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ

What we know
The “Toyobaru” sports car hasn’t sold particularly well for either Toyota or Subaru, so we were pleasantly surprised when officials from both brands confirmed the little coupe will live on for another generation. Toyota especially needs a fun car to remain in its lineup. While we’d like to see a turbocharged version of the Subaru-sourced, 2.0-liter direct-injected flat-four, we’re not expecting it. Margins on this car are small, and turbocharging adds cost and complexity, but perhaps another 20 to 30 hp could come through some clever tuning.

Why it matters
These rear-wheel-drive coupes are unlike anything else on the market, especially for less than $30,000. The Mazda MX-5 Miata isn’t as practical, but that car and both the Toyota and Subaru come standard with a manual transmission. Love ’em now; niche cars never seem to live as long as they should.

Where it could go wrong
Gains in weight and price, a dilution of the back-to-basics feel, or an unwillingness to give the car the extra power it’s capable of handling could kill the fun. The new car needs to address the few but widely held critiques of the current-gen car or buyers will walk.

When to expect it
2018.

Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40

What we know
Because the small luxury crossover segment just keeps getting hotter and hotter, Volvo will debut its XC40 a year after it shows off its all-new, bigger XC60. The XC40 will feature a 1.5-liter three-cylinder as its base engine and potentially two optional 2.0-liter turbo-fours, including a version of the supercharged and turbocharged unit from the XC90. There should also be a plug-in hybrid variant that combines traditional Volvo design themes with more youth-oriented cues such as two-tone paint schemes currently popular in Europe.

Why it matters
The premium compact-crossover segment is on fire in Europe and North America, and it’s growing ever bigger in China too. A relatively popular model like this, priced less than $40,000, will play a major role in making Volvo a premium player globally and help build a loyal population of customers likely to return for bigger, more expensive models.

Where it could go wrong
Hard to see where the Swedes might misstep with this model, but the biggest uncertainty here is the CMA platform Volvo is sharing with Chinese parent company Geely. The first Volvo models to use the platform will be next year’s S40 and V40, so we’ll see how it is when those cars come out.

When to expect it
2018.

Volkswagen Bulli

Volkswagen Bulli

What we know
Finally, the modern Microbus is coming. VW management has reportedly signed off on a four-door, steel-body crossover with a one-box design more contemporary than the 2011 concept you see here but with retro design cues. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine could easily power the base Bulli, but given that the chic crossover will use VW’s all-new, electric-friendly MEB architecture, it might go the plug-in and EV-only route. If we’re right, the EV model could feature wireless inductive charging as well. It would appear the wait for another microvan has been well worth it.

Why it matters
The Bulli is the first of many VW MEB models to come. They will share a trademark light signature, a clever air-intake design, and a trick windshield instrument panel, but with different body styles, unique interiors, and made-to-measure chassis. The MEB platform will work for low- or high-floor applications and will accommodate up to four electric motors. Zero-emission driving range will vary from 180 to 400 miles, and MEB will be set up for autonomous driving and easy battery swaps.

Where it could go wrong
The usual stumbling blocks: timing, volume, technology, cost, complexity, compatibility.  Hardware and software are still in their infancy, and VW is trying to figure out which electric motors will work best for its needs. Not to mention that a heritage-derived electric vehicle could seriously struggle in a future-oriented market that loves modern shapes and visible advanced technologies.

When to expect it
2020

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25th Anniversary Special Edition Dodge Vipers Already Sold Out http://www.automobilemag.com/news/special-edition-dodge-vipers-sold/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/special-edition-dodge-vipers-sold/#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2016 15:40:31 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=963281 After years of sluggish sales and playing host to an ancient powertrain architecture, Dodge is finally putting the proverbial axe to the neck of its most famous supercar, the Viper. Production will end next year, but that end won’t come until Dodge makes 215 special editions to commemorate the Viper’s demise. These special editions, announced...

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After years of sluggish sales and playing host to an ancient powertrain architecture, Dodge is finally putting the proverbial axe to the neck of its most famous supercar, the Viper. Production will end next year, but that end won’t come until Dodge makes 215 special editions to commemorate the Viper’s demise. These special editions, announced last month, were set to let the Viper leave, “With a bang, not a whimper.” Now, just one week later, Dodge has had an absolute coup and sold every single one, some in just a matter of minutes.

According to Dodge, the VooDoo II Edition ACR, the Snakeskin Edition GTC, the GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR, and a newly announced Snakeskin ACR Edition, all sold in just two days. All except for the 1:28 Edition ACR Viper, which sold out in just 40 minutes of its order books opening.

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The 1:28 Edition ACR Viper “pays tribute to the current production car single lap record of 1:28.65 set by champion driver (and Motor Trend hot shoe) Randy Pobst in a 2016 Dodge Viper ACR at the historic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, in October 2015.” The 1:28 Edition ACR features a black exterior, red ACR stripes, the Extreme Aero Package, Carbon Ceramic brakes, and a host of 1:28 Edition badges.

It’s incredible to think that Dodge has had such a hard time selling the V-10 powered supercar when almost 215 sold out in just a few days, although we admit that’s probably because collectors want the last cars before the order books close for good.

While we highly doubt that these strong sales will have Dodge see that the Viper is worth preserving, we do wish they would. The Viper is a special car, and a uniquely American beast. The automotive landscape will be a truly sadder place without its 8.4-liter V-10 engine growling at us or trying to put us backwards into a wall because we went too deep into the throttle.

The Viper is dead. Long live the Viper!

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“Furious 8” Ice Cars Include Vintage Dodge Charger, Custom Tank http://www.automobilemag.com/news/furious-8-ice-cars-include-vintage-dodge-charger-custom-tank/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/furious-8-ice-cars-include-vintage-dodge-charger-custom-tank/#respond Wed, 29 Jun 2016 21:30:23 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=962537 New teasers for the upcoming “Furious 8” film have surfaced, revealing a set of insane and extravagant vehicles to debut in the next installment of the Fast and Furious movie franchise. The movie’s Facebook and Instagram pages recently revealed that filming was taking place in Iceland, in what should be an action-packed scene in the...

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New teasers for the upcoming “Furious 8” film have surfaced, revealing a set of insane and extravagant vehicles to debut in the next installment of the Fast and Furious movie franchise.

The movie’s Facebook and Instagram pages recently revealed that filming was taking place in Iceland, in what should be an action-packed scene in the snow. Also teased were the “#F8 Ice Cars,” proving yet again that anything is possible in Fast and Furious. Dom’s car, for example, is a heavily-modified vintage Dodge Charger. This high-horsepower, rear-drive car will apparently run through the snow with its pricey HRE wheels and low-profile tires (that appear to be studded).

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Letty’s ride, however, is more suited for the white stuff. She will pilot a Rally Fighter, which comes from Arizona-based Local Motors. Tej will hit the snow well-protected and heavily armed in his Ripsaw, a fast custom tank built by Howe and Howe Technologies (see it in action below). Meanwhile, Roman is going to need a lot of skills and luck driving his Lamborghini Murcielago through the ice. Hobbs is going big in his Ice Ram, an armored, path-clearing off-roader that rides on snow tracks.

Last week, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson revealed a few cars making cameos in the film, including the Nissan IDx concept that originally debuted back in 2013. Look for more teasers before the movie officially hits theaters on April 14, 2017.

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2,500-HP Plymouth Barracuda Rolls With Jay Leno in Passenger Seat http://www.automobilemag.com/news/watch-2500-hp-plymouth-barracuda-roll-jay-leno-passenger-seat/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/watch-2500-hp-plymouth-barracuda-roll-jay-leno-passenger-seat/#respond Mon, 27 Jun 2016 20:41:14 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=961565 Stuffing 2,500 hp into a car is either a brilliant idea, or a terrible one. Legendary car guy and funnyman Jay Leno experienced the pitfalls of 2,500 hp when he rode alongside 80-year-old Bob Riggle in a vintage rear-engine drag car. Between 1965 and 1975, Hurst campaigned heavily-modified Plymouth Barracuda racers on drag strips around...

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Stuffing 2,500 hp into a car is either a brilliant idea, or a terrible one. Legendary car guy and funnyman Jay Leno experienced the pitfalls of 2,500 hp when he rode alongside 80-year-old Bob Riggle in a vintage rear-engine drag car.

Between 1965 and 1975, Hurst campaigned heavily-modified Plymouth Barracuda racers on drag strips around the nation. Each ‘Cuda sported a rather unconventional drivetrain, far removed from your neighbor’s ‘Cuda that rolled from the showroom floor.

Under the rear window of each of these cars lay a mighty 7.6-liter (468 ci) big-blog Chrysler Hemi. This monstrous engine sent 2,500 hp to the massive rear tire. As you might imagine, having such a rear-biased weight distribution caused some insane front-end liftoff during launch. How much lift-off? Well, let’s just say without the wheelie bar in the rear, the back bumper would scrape after every launch.

Aiming to check off one of his bucket-list items, Jay Leno met up with original Hemi Under Glass driver Bob Riggle for a ride-along in a faithful replica of the original car. The run begins smoothly enough, but after the first two-wheeled launch, as the ‘Cuda coasts back on all-four wheels, Riggle turns the car in sharply to the left. The meaty drag slicks dig into the rough pavement, and the car rolls and flips, thankfully landing right-side-up.

The car’s safety roll cage and harnesses ensured that no one was injured. The same cannot be said for the car, however, as the body took quite the beating from the rollover. The car’s rear-mounted engine escaped unscathed, so it is safe to say it will run down more drag strips in the near future.

Given that no one was injured, spirits were higher than you might imagine. “That was the second wreck in 50 years of running this car.” Riggle will likely rebuild it. “It will need a new body,” he said. There’s a fine line between brave and crazy, and he’s riding it.

 

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Dodge Viper Celebrates End of Production with Five Special Editions http://www.automobilemag.com/news/dodge-viper-celebrates-end-production-five-special-editions/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/dodge-viper-celebrates-end-production-five-special-editions/#respond Tue, 21 Jun 2016 19:00:25 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=958047 We knew about the Dodge Viper’s demise late last year, but with the reveal of five special edition heritage Vipers, fangs and all, it’s starting to sink in. It’s clear that Dodge will miss the mad, mad V-10 coupe as much as we will, and to celebrate both the 25-year anniversary and the final year of...

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We knew about the Dodge Viper’s demise late last year, but with the reveal of five special edition heritage Vipers, fangs and all, it’s starting to sink in. It’s clear that Dodge will miss the mad, mad V-10 coupe as much as we will, and to celebrate both the 25-year anniversary and the final year of production for Detroit’s supercar, five special edition Vipers will be available for the 2017 model year.

Leaving with a bang, not a whimper, four of the five heritage models are based on the mighty Viper ACR. Each car wears a color and livery scheme that hearkens back to a significant Viper variant from the past 25 years of production. Each is limited to a small batch of units, and comes with all the requisite badging, placards, and documentation.

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First up, in celebration of the stonking 1:28.65 lap at Laguna Seca set by Motor Trend’s very own Randy Pobst, the Viper 1:28 Edition ACR comes clothed in signature black with large red stripes running down the center of the car and the massive rear wing. Like the car that set the record, the 1:28 comes equipped to the gills with go-fast bits, including the Extreme Aero Package and the wildly powerful carbon ceramic brakes. Like the rest of the special editions, the 1:28 features special “1:28” badging on the inside door trim, gauge cluster, and a customized car cover. 28 Viper 1:28 Edition ACRs will escape the factory.

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If a GTS-R heritage edition didn’t make the cut, Viper fans the world over would riot in the streets. Easily one of the most recognizable and popular schemes ever to grace the Viper, the GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR arrives draped in the requisite blue-on-white paint package. Each GTS-R is equipped with the Extreme Aero pack, carbon ceramic brakes, exterior carbon fiber package, USA flag decals on the B-pillars, custom car cover, and a special red interior. Just like the 1998 Viper GTS-R GTS Championship Edition, just 100 of the 2017 Commemorative edition will arrive on dealer floors.

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As before, the Viper VooDoo II Edition ACR wears the Extreme Aero pack, carbon ceramic brakes, and edition-specific badges and colors. In this case, special black and graphite paintwork is poured onto a 2017 ACR. Only 31 units of the VooDoo Edition ACR are available, just like the production run of the 2010 car.

2010 Dodge Viper Snakeskin ACR

Moving away from the ACR for a brief moment, the Viper Snakeskin Edition GTC features a special Snakeskin Green hue, along with a uniquely patterned body stripe. The Snakeskin is equipped with the Advanced Aerodynamics Package, a black Viper GT-spec interior, special badging, the customer’s name above the driver’s side door, and a custom car cover. 25 Snakeskin Editions will be made.

Finally, as a sort of “thank you” to the two highest volume Viper dealers in the U.S., the Dodge Dealer Edition ACR sports both a red and a blue stripe running down each top side of the car. Like the other three special ACRs, the Dodge Dealer Edition carries the Extreme Aero kit, carbon ceramic brakes, and like the Snakeskin Edition, the driver’s name above the driver’s side door.

For 2017, the “1 of 1” Viper program carries over as well, with a claimed 50 million ways to configure your dream car in a multitude of colors, stripes, interior options, and aero bits.

Take a look at the last special edition Vipers for 2017 and the cars they are based on in the photo gallery below, before the factory goes dark next year.

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American culture is broad and far-reaching, touching lives across the globe. Growing up in Slovakia, Peter Sagan’s early encounter with America’s car culture was the T.V. show “The Dukes of Hazzard”. Imagine seeing the General Lee on television, a larger-than-life anachronism compared to the hatchbacks and compact cars typically found on the streets of Europe. The menacing Charger with its bellowing V8, power slides, and aerial acrobatics left an indelible impression.

Now an up-and-coming star in the top rungs of competitive cycling, Peter Sagan finally had the means to build the Charger that captivated him as a kid. He commissioned Scott Tedro and Ken Maisano, co-owner’s of MASCAR Modern & Classic Autobody & Paint Repair in Costa Mesa, Calif., to build him a Charger. Not long after his initial contact with Scott and Ken, Peter saw “The Fast and The Furious”, a visual extravaganza that also starred a Dodge Charger. Smitten with the blower, hood scoop, and big, fat rear tires, Peter wanted one just like it. Scott and Ken commissioned famed artist Steve Stanford to create a rendering that incorporated the elements Peter had to have, as well as some other touches that showed the metal working skills of Ken’s team at MASCAR, led by head fabricator Adam Stankus. The result is the car you see here. It represents more than two years of work and thousands of man-hours.

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They began with a locally sourced and reasonably clean-looking 1970 Charger. Media blasting uncovered some hidden rust and rot. The car was completely disassembled and treated to a rotisserie restoration. Though restoration is not quite an accurate description of the job, because it doesn’t come close to communicating the amount of custom work that went into this build. Every panel on the car has some fab work, and all the body modifications are all done in steel.

The interior was treated to the same amount of customization as the exterior. From the Procar bucket seats, hand-built console, and modified dashboard, nothing was left stock. Everything is wrapped in premium leather or swathed in high quality cloth or carpet.

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The car delivers on it’s promising looks with a blown 572 wedge engine that delivers power and devastating looks like a punch to the gut. Airbag suspension allows a show-low ride height, but easily raises itself to clear steep driveways or speed bumps. The massive rolling stock gives Peter the steamroller wheels wrapped in modern, low profile Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

Peter took delivery of the car late last year and was giddy with excitement. That’s high praise for a guy who’s accomplished so much in the cycling world at such a young age. It’s yet more proof of what we hear time and again from car owners: we form an almost unshakable bond to the cars of our youth.

Tech Notes

Who: Peter Sagan

What: 1970 Dodge Charger R/T

Where: Zilina, Slovakia and riding a bicycle across the globe

Engine: The engine had to have lusty visual appeal as well as brutal performance. Engine builder Kenny Maisano started with a Mopar Performance RB engine block, and built a wicked stroker with a billet crank and rods, forged 8.0:1 pistons, a Cam Motion billet hydraulic roller cam, Edelbrock Victor cylinder heads, T&D shaft-mount rocker arms, an Indy intake, and topped that sucker with a BDS 8-71 supercharger. Holley’s HP EFI system controls the Force Fuel Injection components, and the combination makes a legit 1,000 hp and 1,200 lb-ft of torque on the engine dyno at a very conservative 9 psi of boost.

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Transmission/Rearend: To handle that torque, Westminster Performance built a bulletproof 727 transmission with a 300M alloy input shaft, four- and six-pinion planetary gear sets, and billet hubs and servos. Peter rows the gears with a B&M Stealth Pro Ratchet shifter, and a custom Drivelines, Inc. three-inch driveshaft sends power to the fabricated 9-inch axle with 3.00:1 gears on a Detroit TruTrac differential.

Exhaust: MASCAR began with a pair of ceramic-coated Doug’s Headers and installed a set of QTP electric exhaust cutouts just past the collectors. They bent a custom, 3-inch dual exhaust system with Magnaflow bullet mufflers. The whole system is ceramic-coated to match the headers.

Suspension: The stock K-member was scrapped, and the MASCAR guys installed the stronger, lighter Control Freak front end in its place. They upgraded to a rack and pinion steering system at the same time. The rear suspension is also from Control Freak, and RideTech air springs and shocks replace the stock torsion bars and leaf springs. Their RidePRO Digital control unit offers control of the suspension settings through an electronic control panel or via a phone app.

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Brakes: Too much power calls for big brakes, and Wilwood answered the call with a quartet of 13-inch rotors, clamped by six- and four-piston calipers, front and rear. ABS Power Brakes provided the electronic power brake assist.

Fuel: An engine capable of ingesting as much air as this one is demands a stout fuel system. MASCAR installed a custom-built aluminum fuel cell in the trunk. Two Walbro pumps are mounted in the cell. The engine normally runs on one pump, the second pump is activated when boost to provide sufficient fuel for the increased airflow. Russell -8 hose was used on the feed side, with a -6 return line.

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Interior: Prior to assembly, MASCAR installed Hushmat sound and heat insulating panels from the firewall to the trunk. The carpet is Mercedes Benz fabric, and Porsche materials were used to make the headliner. Roberto’s Auto Trim in Costa Mesa wrapped the Procar seats, custom console, steering wheel, and door panels in black leather. Dakota Digital VHX gauges are installed in a custom, aluminum bezel, which was hydrodipped in a carbon fiber pattern. Vintage Air provided the compact, under-dash HVAC unit, and Nu-Relics power windows, A1 Electric power door locks, and a Digital Guard Dawg keyless entry and push-button start add a thoroughly modern touch to this classic vehicle.

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Bodywork and paint: It would be far easier to list the body panels that weren’t modified in some way than to list all the custom metal work MASCAR performed on this car. Any questionable metal from the original car was cut out and replaced with top-quality reproduction panels. A 1969 front grille and valance replaced the 1970 version. The front and rear bumpers were reshaped to fit the narrow, wide European license plates. The taillight panel and rear valance are custom-made and incorporate 1963 Impala taillight lenses. Per European regulations, amber lenses were installed for the turn signals. The quarter panels were widened and mini tubs were installed to accommodate the massive rear tires. After dozens of hours of primer and block sanding, Ken painted the car with four coats of a custom-mixed titanium basecoat and four coats of clear. The black graphics on the sides of the car were painted on then re-cleared and are set off by a contrasting red pinstripe. There’s an estimated 900 hours in just bodywork and paint alone.

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Wheels/tires: Those are Foose Coronet wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires measuring 245/45-18 and 315/35-20 front and rear.

This story originally appeared on Car Craft.

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Report: Next Dodge Charger to Lose 500 Pounds, Offer Twin-Turbo I-4 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/report-next-dodge-charger-lose-500-pounds-offer-twin-turbo-4/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/report-next-dodge-charger-lose-500-pounds-offer-twin-turbo-4/#respond Tue, 31 May 2016 22:15:14 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=949566 The next-generation Dodge Charger could lose nearly 500 pounds and be available with a 300-hp twin-turbo I-4, according to a new report from Automotive News. FCA will move the Charger from its current Mercedes-Benz-based platform to an extended version of the Giorgio platform that made its debut beneath the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia, meaning the...

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The next-generation Dodge Charger could lose nearly 500 pounds and be available with a 300-hp twin-turbo I-4, according to a new report from Automotive News. FCA will move the Charger from its current Mercedes-Benz-based platform to an extended version of the Giorgio platform that made its debut beneath the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia, meaning the next-generation model will be slightly shorter in length.

AN’s sources also revealed that engineers and designers are working to cut the next-generation Charger’s weight down to about 3,500 pounds and that the twin-turbo I-4 could be the same unit that’s under development for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. Before the next-generation Charger comes, however, the current model will receive another refresh for the 2019 model year while the new model is expected to start rolling off the production line at FCA’s Brampton, Ontario, plant in Canada early in the next decade.

During a private show for dealers  last August in Las Vegas, FCA showed an early prototype of the next-generation Dodge Charger along with a revival of the Barracuda, which is rumored to be a convertible. According to dealers who attended, the car was reminiscent of the 1999 Charger Concept penned by former Chrysler design chief Tom Gale.

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Is the Dodge Neon Coming Back to the U.S.? http://www.automobilemag.com/news/dodge-neon-coming-back-u-s/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/dodge-neon-coming-back-u-s/#respond Thu, 19 May 2016 16:46:57 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=943188 The last truly successful and competitive Fiat Chrysler sedan was the Dodge Neon, and according to one source familiar with the plan but not associated with the automaker, FCA will try to recapture some of that old glory. On the heels of the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart getting the axe, the Fiat Tipo-based Dodge...

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The last truly successful and competitive Fiat Chrysler sedan was the Dodge Neon, and according to one source familiar with the plan but not associated with the automaker, FCA will try to recapture some of that old glory. On the heels of the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart getting the axe, the Fiat Tipo-based Dodge Neon known to be destined for Mexico will also make its way across the Rio Grande into U.S. showrooms.

Word circulated a few months back that the Turkish-built Fiat Tipo (or Egea in Turkey) would be rebadged for Mexico as the Dodge Neon. It’s been on sale in Europe since 2015 as a sedan, but Fiat added a hatchback and station wagon for 2016 as well.

The Tipo is a cheap, C-segment front-wheel-drive compact that uses a range of gas and diesel four-cylinder engines mated to six-speed automatic and six-speed manual transmissions. Using the Tipo would be consistent with CEO Sergio Marchionne’s vocal commitment to cut capital expenditures by building as many compact and midsize cars as he can off of existing platforms.

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Marchionne had expressed a desire to partner with another automaker to build new versions of the doomed Dart and 200, but one could easily see the Neon/Tipo project as a kind of “outsourcing” within the FCA family. On top of that, it makes sense to revive the Neon name given its still-strong equity compared to the Dart name, which many would contend has dried up given the disappointing sales of that car.

On the other hand it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense as far as what we’ve heard about the future of the Dodge brand. In Marchionne’s 2014 five-year-plan, Dodge looked like it was going to steer its lineup toward performance cars so Chrysler could focus on mainstream products. At the time Marchionne said Alfa Romeo would share its rear-wheel-drive platform with Dodge to build new, downsized versions of the Charger and Challenger, as well as a rumored Barracuda convertible.

We’ve reached out to Fiat Chrysler for comment, but have yet to hear back as of this writing, and we’ll keep an ear out for more updates as the story continues to develop.

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Our 10 Favorite Cars at the First FCA Cars and Coffee http://www.automobilemag.com/news/ten-favorite-cars-first-fca-cars-coffee/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/ten-favorite-cars-first-fca-cars-coffee/#respond Tue, 17 May 2016 17:00:10 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=941904 Fiat Chrysler kicked off its first Cars and Coffee the manufacturer has ever hosted, and we were there bright and early with a camera, a 2016 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Shaker, and thankfully, a cup of coffee. Here are our Top 10 picks from FCA’s first Cars and Coffee. Lancia Beta Zagato Lancia might...

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Fiat Chrysler kicked off its first Cars and Coffee the manufacturer has ever hosted, and we were there bright and early with a camera, a 2016 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Shaker, and thankfully, a cup of coffee. Here are our Top 10 picks from FCA’s first Cars and Coffee.

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Lancia Beta Zagato

Lancia might have pulled out of the U.S. market in 1982 alongside Fiat, but that hasn’t prevented dedicated enthusiasts from keeping their beloved marque on the road. This corrosion-prone Lancia Beta Zagato is a rare sight even outside the U.S, with a little over 9,000 ever produced. Called the Spyder overseas, the convertible Beta Zagato is an off-beat and uncommon alternative to the dime-a-dozen Alfa Romeo Spider.

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Rover 2600 (SD1)

A rare sight on our shores, Rover’s offering for the premium sedan market is a very attractive alternative to the contemporary BMW 5-Series. This particular example is powered by a 2.6-liter inline-six engine, with power sent to the rear wheels through either an automatic or manual transmission.

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Ferrari F430 Scuderia

The follow-up to the spectacular 2003-2004 Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale, the Scuderia was the stripped-out, hunkered-down track-ready variant of the F430. Output of the 4.3-liter V-8 engine jumped from 490 hp to 503, with power managed by a six-speed semi-automatic transmission. Compared to the regular F430, weight dropped by 220 pounds, allowing the Scuderia to scoot to 0-60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, and the top speed stretched to 198 mph. Around its home test track, Ferrari claims the Scud trumps even the mighty Enzo hypercar.

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1960’s Porsche 911

Here’s an example of what keeps Porschephiles up at night. This is prime time for when 911s were still aircooled, with a lightweight driver-focused construction that made both the brand and the nameplate so famous. This 911 is powered by either a 2.0- or 2.2-liter flat-six engine, mounted over the rear axle.

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1954 Austin-Healey 100

The first of the “Big Healeys,” this 100 is one of Austin-Healy’s iconic roadsters. The “100” in the name is for the reported top-speed of the roadster, at 100 mph. While not considered to be fast in today’s field saturated with cars like the 707-hp Hellcats, the 100 was sprightly for its time. The 100-4 saw this three-figure top speed thanks to the massive 2.6-liter four-cylinder under the hood. A six-cylinder Austin-Healy 100-6 followed in 1956, eventually leading to the renowned Austin-Healy 3000.

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Willys-Overland CJ-2A

Sporting a very convoluted name, this is the first production iteration of the civilian-available Jeep CJ. This clean example wears handsome Pasture Green with Autumn Yellow wheels, with an extremely clean canvas top and restored chrome fixtures. Under the slab-sided body beats the coolest-named engine of all time, the “Willys Go Devil” 2.2-liter four-cylinder, sending power to all four wheels through a three-speed manual transmission.

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AMC Eagle

You think crossovers are the product of the oil-hungry SUV boom of the 1990’s? Think again. American Motors Corporation mated the four-wheel drivetrain from a Jeep  platform with the body of a rather frumpy AMC Concord sedan, and created the predecessor to your mother’s Lexus RX350. The Eagle proved to be reasonably popular, and the 4×4 sedan was produced from 1980 through Chrysler’s takeover of AMC in 1987.

1964 Jeep Gladiator J200 FCA Cars and Coffee

1964 Jeep Gladiator J200

With Fiat Chrysler as the host, it’s no surprise the show was proliferated with Jeep’s finest. One of our personal favorites was this bright red 1964 Jeep Gladiator J200. This short-wheelbase Gladiator is in desirable four-wheel drive specification, with a Jeep Tornado 3.8-liter inline-six likely under the hood.

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Dodge Viper in Plum Crazy

Well, it might not actually be the official “Plum Crazy” shade of purple, but it’s good enough for us. It’s not often you find the third-generation of Viper in purple, so we had to include it on the list. Under the massive front carbon fiber clamshell hood beats the 8.4-liter V-10 engine, returning 640-645 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque, routed to the rear wheels through a heavy-duty six-speed manual transmission.

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Chrysler Turbine Car

We would be remiss if we didn’t include the mighty Chrysler Turbine Car. An oddity we have covered before, the Chrysler Turbine is a relic of a much more off-the-cuff and experimental time. The wildly styled cars were powered by a Chrysler-designed turbine engine with an operating speed around 45,000 rpm. Because of the nature of the turbine, the car could run on nearly any sort of combustible fluid, including one apocryphal instance when the President of Mexico ran one on tequila. The car was initially available for internal fleet testing, but eventually the program was scrapped due to reliability issues. 55 cars left the factory, with all but nine scrapped. Lucky for us, the Chrysler Museum owns two, and rolls them out for special events.

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Harnessed Thunder: Spending a Day with SRT at the Bondurant Racing School http://www.automobilemag.com/news/harnessed-thunder-spending-day-srt-bondurant-racing-school/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/harnessed-thunder-spending-day-srt-bondurant-racing-school/#respond Thu, 12 May 2016 14:00:25 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=938736 No matter how much you study, no matter how many videos and reviews you consume, or how many owners you talk to, you will never be “ready” for a Dodge Charger or Challenger Hellcat. The supercharged engine’s 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque shakes you down to your soul and brings the phrase “Wow,...

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No matter how much you study, no matter how many videos and reviews you consume, or how many owners you talk to, you will never be “ready” for a Dodge Charger or Challenger Hellcat. The supercharged engine’s 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque shakes you down to your soul and brings the phrase “Wow, that was close” to the top of your lexicon. Dodge seems to agree, so it offers every Hellcat or SRT buyer the chance to adjust to a high-horsepower lifestyle with some coaching from the Bondurant Racing School. We spent a day at the school to see what treats buyers are in for.

Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat at Bondurant School front three quarter in motion

With every purchase of an SRT-branded vehicle, which includes properly equipped Challengers, Chargers, and all Vipers, Dodge will foot the bill for one day of instruction at the recently renowned Bondurant Racing School in Phoenix, Arizona. Bondurant made the switch from Chevrolet performance cars to FCA products last October, when it took delivery of around 100 Dodge vehicles. In fact, the world-class facility, which features a learning-focused 1.6-mile circuit with multiple configurations, 8-acre multipurpose asphalt pad, along with three other tracks used for “advanced” classes, looks more like a Dodge dealership than a racing school. According to Bondurant, the garages play host to 24 Hellcats, 32 Dodge Viper TA 2.0s, and 10 Viper ACRs, among other cars.

Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat at Bondurant School front end

To get the ball rolling (or, more precisely, the tires smoking), we headed to the skidpad to learn how to control Scat Pack Dodge Chargers. The sedans had been modified with hydraulically controlled caster wheels at each corner, allowing the instructor, riding shotgun, to reduce grip at one end of the car. With the rear tires raised, for instance, the unsuspecting driver had to finesse the Charger as it hung its tail way, way out in lurid oversteer.

The goal is for drivers to focus on the “eyes up” concept of looking at their target; novice drivers tend to fixate directly in front of the car at all times. After a few spins, I got the hang of keeping my eyes up, countersteering, and modulating the throttle to “catch” the rear before the car started spinning. Suddenly my instructor re-activated the dolly system, and we clumsily spun out in a cloud of smoke again.

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Next, we moved to an autocross session, which was an exercise in frustration in navigating battleship-sized Challenger SRTs through the narrow cone gates. Challengers wouldn’t be a first choice for the cone circuit, but wheeling such a big, overpowered car through a technical challenge emphasized throttle restraint and smoothness, allowing drivers to get accustomed to the brutish Challenger ahead of the next activity.

Finally, it was time for the fastest portion of the instruction: lead-follow laps on the track. Instructors led packs of Challengers, Chargers, and Vipers around the road course at varying speeds, stopping after three or four laps for a car change, to give us a chance to sample the track while still getting acquainted with the proper driving lines. Though we quickly got the cars’ brakes very, very hot, the specialized track pads installed by Bondurant kept stopping power strong, keeping things safe lap after lap.

Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat at Bondurant School top view in motion

The more we lapped the track, the more my initial love for both iterations of the Hellcat began to wane. The 707-hp heavyweights charged around the technical course with all the deftness and accuracy of a bazooka—lots of power, not enough control. Of the Hellcat twins, we much preferred tracking the Chargers, as they had a more neutral and forgiving handling bent than the white-knuckle rollercoaster approach of the Challengers. The Hellcat Challengers brawled their way through the course, with the rear tires so unsettled that they bounced and hopped over track imperfections, even on straights. The Charger’s steering also had a better sense of linearity and smoothness compared to the Challenger’s relative numbness. My helmet bashed against the roof every time I hit a bump in either car, even though I had the seat positioned as low as possible.

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Dodge’s supercar, though, was a different story. After falling madly in love with a 2015 Dodge Viper GT last year on a tour through public roads in the Midwest, thrashing Detroit’s supercar in a track setting was a second draught of ambrosia. As I suspected, the Vipers were brilliant and exacting on the track. With tremendously powerful brakes and an ultra-confident chassis, the Viper was a weapon. The all-too-brief lapping sessions weren’t enough to satiate our cravings for the 8.4-liter V-10 engine and the sensation of slamming the beefy shifter between gears at full throttle. Unlike the Hellcat twins, which make do with relatively skinny 275 mm section width rubber in the rear, the Viper has tires to match its stupendous power. The V-10’s 645 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque are managed well by 355/30R-19 rear sectionals. I climbed back into the Vipers for lap after lap, not wanting to return to the rotund Hellcats.

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A useful introduction to go-fast Dodges

While the autocross was a laugh, and the lead-follow laps were valuable track time, the skidpad is where participants learn most about car control—especially as paying attendees get 40 minutes of individual instruction versus our 5-minute session. SRT owners will become intimately acquainted with power oversteer, so the skidpad tuition should pay huge dividends out in the real world.

As the cars began to cool down in the shade of the pit area, we were gutted to learn we had finished our first and only day at the SRT Bondurant school. If we were legitimate SRT customers, Dodge and Bondurant would offer us the chance to purchase a second and third day of instruction at a discount. As far as actual driving instructions, the first day is just a taste of what Bondurant can teach drivers, a quick hit to entice the attendees to return for the following sessions. However, SRT owners who take advantage only of the one free day will not be disappointed, as the Bondurant SRT program is the best way to become accustomed to your new high-performance Dodge sports car.

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